Are you looking for bushwalking Brisbane North adventures in Moreton Bay which will take you off the beaten track? If so, head to Northbrook Gorges located in the back country of the Southern Section of D’Aguilar National Park for a day filled with fantastic hiking and rock pool swimming amidst beautiful scenery.
This little-known and well-hidden hike is a must for anyone who loves bush-bashing and river bed walking interspersed with gorgeous gorges requiring swimming, as well as ankle-deep and waist high wading.
There are several rock pools along the journey with the longest measuring about 15 to 20 metres. The highlight of this hike is the large, almost crystal clear, rock swimming pool, complete with a short waterfall, found in the second gorge. This large waterhole is shaded by the forest’s towering trees and the gorge’s tall walls so you should expect a refreshingly cool swim here.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service classify this walk as a walk in a remote area and that only fit, prepared, and experienced walkers with navigation skills should proceed.
The majority of the Northbrook Gorges hike will take you over rocks, boulders, and rough & slippery terrain, making it best suited to fit and experienced hikers.
You will need to rock hop, swim and make calculated steps on small stones so patience is required to experience the hike in its entirety.
Some waterholes are knee high, while others definitely require swimming. Much of the hike involves getting your feet wet walking in the water, up the creek.
If you’re keen to give bushwalking Brisbane North adventure a go with younger children, or if you lack a good level of fitness, or are not so well-versed when it comes to bushwalking. You may want to try the nearby rainforest walks that begin at the Maiala Day Use Area.
Bird songs and other tranquil forest sounds can be heard throughout the gorges. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may very well see a number of macropod, bird, frog and reptile species.
Northbrook Gorges are located within D’Aguilar National Park as such dogs are prohibited from the area. The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service advises that Rangers patrol the area and on the spot fines apply.
There are no designated picnic areas with tables and chairs along the walk, but there are many spots comfortable for enjoying a snack, or even a picnic.
Please Note: There are no bins along your journey so please make sure to take your rubbish with you when you leave. As with all National Parks, leave only footprints and take only photographs.
There are no formal trails in this area that are maintained by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, who advise that before you go on this walk that you ensure you:
Please be aware, as this hike is not signposted and less well-tramped compared to other more well-known local hikes, you have a higher likelihood of encountering snakes along the way so stick to the trails, keep children close and keep your eyes peeled as you walk.
The Northbrook Gorges are accessed via Northbrook Creek which is a creek within D’Aguilar National Park that flows underneath the road, the Northbrook Parkway.
To get to the Northbrook Parkway from the east you simply head to Mount Glorious from Samford up Mount Glorious Road and Mount Glorious Road becomes the Northbrook Parkway not long after the township of Mount Glorious. From the west you simply turn east onto the Northbrook Parkway from Wivenhoe Somerset Road that runs along the eastern side of Wivenhoe Dam.
Please Take Care: The road is windy, there is no formal parking with lots of hairpin turns, please be extra cautious of oncoming traffic. Approaching vehicles have restricted visibility coming around the very tight bends. Also note this location does not have mobile phone reception.
Approximate Coordinates of Main Gorge: -27°18'43"S 152°43'14.69"E
Allow: Up to 4 hours round trip for leisurely swimming and wading in the various gorges it is recommended that this walk is undertaken with ample daylight hours to walk in and out again.
For more information on D'Aguilar National Park visit the Queensland National Parks website.
Northbrook Gorges, Dundas QLD, Australia
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